MYTHOLOGY MEME: Demeter, Greek Mythology.
Demeter is the godess of corn, grain, and the harvest. She is the daughter of Cronus and Rhea. It is Demeter that makes the crops grow each year. The first loaf of bread from the harvest is scarificed to her. Demeter is the goddess of the earth, of agriculture, and of fertility in general. Sacred to her are livestock and agricultural products, poppy, narcissus and the crane.
Demeter is intimately associated with the seasons. Her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades to be his wife in the Underworld. In her anger at her daughter’s loss Demeter laid a curse on the world that caused plants to wither and die, the land became desolate. Zeus became alarmed and sought Persephone’s return. However, because she had eaten while in the Underworld Hades had a claim on her. Therefore, it was decreed that Persephone would spend four months each year in the Underworld. During these months Demeter greves her daughters absence, and withdraws her gifts from the world, creating winter. Her return brought the spring.